Energy Aggregation Program Overview and FAQs

April 18, 2018 11:13 AM
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The Galesburg City Council, at the April 16, 2018 meeting, approved an agreement with Homefield Energy for municipal aggregation of electricity supply. Residents and small commercial businesses will soon be receiving a letter from the City of Galesburg C/O Homefield Energy detailing the terms of the supply arrangement. Enrollment in the aggregation program is automatic and users only need to take action if they choose to opt out of the program. 
 
Other energy suppliers may solicit Galesburg residents and small commercial businesses via phone, mailings, or door-to-door to enroll with their company. Caution is recommended, as these suppliers are not the "supplier of choice" and may not be able to provide the same rates or assurances as Homefield Energy. Enrollment with Homefield Energy is automatic, so they will not be soliciting through any of the means listed above or request a resident to sign a contract. 
 
No matter who supplies the electricity, Ameren remains the delivery company. All Galesburg users would continue to contact Ameren in the case of outages, services calls and emergencies.
 
Energy Aggregation FAQ
 
1.  I received a letter from the City regarding energy aggregation, what should I do?
All residents and small businesses will soon be receiving a letter from the City of Galesburg C/O Homefield Energy regarding the energy aggregation program. You do not need to do anything, you will be automatically enrolled in the energy aggregation program with Homefield Energy. This is true for those already enrolled in the current aggregation program, as well as those currently with Ameren for their supply of energy. The only circumstances where action from you is needed, is if you prefer not to participate (see question 6) or if you have previously chosen to opt out and use an alternative provider other than Homefield or Ameren, but now would now like to participate in the energy aggregation program with Homefield. (see question 7). 
 
2.  How does the energy aggregation program work?
Illinois law provides municipalities with the opportunity to assist their residents and small businesses in reducing their electricity costs. Municipalities can aggregate the electric load of their residential and qualifying small businesses into one, larger load and then solicit bids for electricity supply and related services for this larger group. These bids will reflect the electricity portion only; Ameren will continue to deliver the electricity across existing poles and wires.
 
3.  What is the benefit of energy aggregation?
Municipal Electric Aggregation is a program that allows local governments to bundle - or aggregate - residential and small commercial retail electric accounts and seek bids for a lower cost supply of power. Energy aggregation was approved by the citizens of Galesburg during the November 2012 election. In total, Galesburg residents on the program have saved approximately $2,377,500 since the start of this aggregation program. 
 
4.  Who is the supplier for the energy aggregation program for Galesburg?
Homefield Energy is the supplier for the residential and small commercial aggregation program, with a contract that runs through July 2020. Homefield Energy provides 100% renewable energy to be purchased at a discounted rate of $0.04921/kWh for the July 2018 meter read date through June 2019 meter read date; and $0.04912/kWh for the July 2019 meter read date through July 2020 meter read date.
 
5.  How do I enroll in the energy aggregation program?
You do not need to do anything, enrollment is automatic. This is true for those already enrolled in the current aggregation program, as well as those currently with Ameren for their supply of energy. 
 
6.  What if I do not want to participate in the energy aggregation program?
If you do not want to participate in the energy aggregation program, you need to fill out and return the opt-out card included in the letter from the City of Galesburg C/O Homefield Energy. There is a 21 day window to opt out. However, energy aggregation benefits everyone by using the collective buying power to leverage a negotiated lower price per kilowatt hour.
 
7.  What if I am currently being served by another electric supplier other than Homefield or Ameren?
Residents or small businesses currently under contract with an alternate electric supplier should review the terms of their agreement with that supplier to determine whether or not they are currently eligible to leave their contract without facing any fees for terminating the contract. Only this small percentage of residents and small businesses who previously opted out and set up an agreement with an alternate supplier (not Homefield or Ameren) will not be automatically enrolled in the energy aggregation program. They would need to contact Homefield directly to enroll, after verifying with the current alternative supplier. 
 
8.  What if I am solicited by an electricity supplier?
Other energy suppliers may solicit Galesburg residents and small commercial businesses via phone, mailings, or door-to-door to enroll with their company. Caution is recommended, as these suppliers are not the "supplier of choice" and may not be able to provide the same rates or assurances as Homefield Energy. Enrollment with Homefield Energy is automatic, so they will not be soliciting through any of the means listed above. 
 
9.  Who do I call if the power goes out?
No matter who supplies the electricity, Ameren remains the delivery company. All Galesburg users would continue to contact Ameren in the case of outages, services calls, and emergencies.
 
10.  Who will my electricity bill come from?
You will still receive a bill from Ameren with the new supplier charges included. The electricity will be provided by your supplier and the distribution through the power lines will be provided by Ameren, but you will still receive only one bill from Ameren for all services. 
 
 

 

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